Supporting the Red Cross Ensures Disaster Response Wherever Help is Needed

Louisiana Floods

Disaster doesn’t discriminate. Flooding can and does happen to anyone, and when it happens, the Red Cross is there. Red Cross assistance comes in many forms – food, shelter, or medical, emotional and financial support.

As spring approaches in New England, we’ve already had local residents displaced in our region by flooding. That’s why the financial support of donors is so important. Springfield and Lyndonville, both in Vermont, were both hit by flooding in recent weeks forcing the evacuation of numerous residents. The Red Cross provided those families with shelter and money to get food and clothing as they began their road to recovery.

Supporting the American Red Cross in Disaster Relief ensures that we can be there when the time comes. The Red Cross is not a government agency. We depend on the generosity of donors in our communities to ensure our volunteers have the equipment and resources they need to help displaced families.

Flooding across the southern United States is taking its toll on the residents there, and local Red Cross volunteers are opening shelters and delivering care. Below you’ll find photos and captions from Red Cross volunteers.

March 11, 2016. Monroe, Louisiana

Photos by Daniel Cima. Captions by April Phillips

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Volunteers like Ethel Payne of Monroe, Louisiana, help provide comfort for families staying at Red Cross shelters. Volunteers often come prepared with toys and activities for children at shelters, which helps make them feel safe during difficult times.

 

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When Terina Smith, Michael Stevenson and their three small children were rescued from floodwaters in Monroe, Louisiana, they found safety at a Red Cross shelter. Volunteer Ethel Payne has helped provide comfort and lifted their spirits during their time at the shelter.

 

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When floodwaters threatened the home of Dontequia Miller, she and her 1-month-old son, Kevin, found safety at a Red Cross-supported shelter in Monroe, Louisiana.

 

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Floodwaters in Monroe, Louisiana, have forced many families – some with children as young as 1- and 3-months-old – from their homes into shelters. Red Cross workers make every effort to help these families feel comfortable and find a sense of normalcy during a very stressful time.

 

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Leaving your home as floodwaters rise around can be especially scary for little ones. ShaKeitha Jones, Billy Harris and their five children have found safety and a sense of normalcy during an otherwise difficult situation at a Red Cross-supported shelter in Monroe, Louisiana.

 

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